The Calvert Journal Film Festival explores the diversity of Eurasia through local filmmakers


NUR-SULTAN – A journey through Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia through the lens of independent filmmakers in the region – this is how the Calvert Journal frames its film festival, which will start on October 18 and last until October 31.

Film festival poster. Photo credit: Calvert Journal website

The festival will present 35 films in seven categories: feature documentary, animated film, feature film, student film, experimental film, short film and special screenings. The special screenings category will be devoted to the presentation of five “films pushing the limits”, according to the organizers of the festival.

The festival will take place online and will be open to viewers around the world for 48 hours on the festival platform.

“New East films are often under-represented in mainstream programs. As an award-winning magazine dedicated to covering New Eastern culture and creativity, The Calvert Journal is committed to using its online presence to bring cinema from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, from the Caucasus and Central Asia to the global audience, “the official website said.

At the festival, Kazakhstan is represented by “History of Civilization” directed by Zhannat Alshanova. The film, which is included in the short films category, tells the story of a young woman who decides to start a new life and move to London, but tries on the last day to explore what she will leave in Kazakhstan. .

Akmaral Zykayeva in the role of Indira in “History of civilizations”. Photo credit: Photo credit: Calvert Journal website

Another Kazakhstani film, “All the Dreams We Dream”, directed by Asel Kadyrkhanova, takes viewers to some of the most tragic times in Kazakh history – the famine of the 1930s when nearly 1.5 million people , a quarter of the country’s population at the time, died as a result of an agricultural policy imposed by the Soviets.

Animated movie poster. Photo credit: Photo credit: Calvert Journal website

“And what remains in people’s memories when their stories are silenced?” All the Dreams We Dream is a hand-drawn animation based on the memories of those who endured the famine in Kazakhstan in the 1930s. Based on two memoirs narrated by the poet Gafu Kairbekov, it seeks to explore questions of empathy and fear, asking how stories of violence and pain should be told in the modern age, ”the film’s description reads.

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